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Transcript of Augustus Jackson
The "Father" of ice cream
Augustus Jackson was born on April 16, 1808. He was born into a poor family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. When he was 12 years old, he started working in the White House as a servant.
Working at the White House
Jackson started working in the White House in 1820 as a boy. By the mid-1820s he was one of the top chefs in the kitchen. He stayed a chef for a few years before moving back to Philadelphia.
In 1830, Jackson opened his own candy shop and confectionery in Philadelphia. He made and sold candies such as licorice, lemon drops, and fudge.
Ice Cream Perfecter
In 1832 Augustus Jackson invented a new way to make ice cream, using the method we use now, by mixing salt, flavoring and cream. He invented many flavors that are still popular now, such as strawberry, vanilla and mint. He served his ice cream in his shop, scooping it into tin cans.
Augustus Jackson continued to run his shop for many years. While the actual cause of his death is unknown, it was rumored he was in a train crash on January 11, 1852.